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VB.NET Simple Setup Project

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Hi:

I've written a really cool VB.NET application that I want to install on the
many computers in my company (all located behind a firewall) so I'm trying
to create a Setup and Deployment project. I'm not having much luck and the
documentation doesn't help either.

I have created a "software update" page on our web server and it sends file
"setup1.msi" which runs the windows installer just fine.

All I need to do is to copy two files to a folder that I have chosen
"C:\myapp" and create a desktop icon.

I am getting the files in the correct folder however my desktop icon just
shows a directory of the desktop folder.

Any help with the "missing step" would be appreciated! Also if anyone knows
of a well written document on how to do that would appreciate that also.

Thanks very much!

Fred

Nov 21 '05 #1
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Fred,

In the deploymentproject rightclicking on Primary Output in the application
folder let you create a shortcut that you can drag to your folder left
"user's Desktop" and/or "Users Programs Menu"

(You would probably give it a nice name, however this is just rightclicking
on that shortcut and do that n the properties)

I hope this helps?

Cor
"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>
Hi:

I've written a really cool VB.NET application that I want to install on
the
many computers in my company (all located behind a firewall) so I'm trying
to create a Setup and Deployment project. I'm not having much luck and
the
documentation doesn't help either.

I have created a "software update" page on our web server and it sends
file
"setup1.msi" which runs the windows installer just fine.

All I need to do is to copy two files to a folder that I have chosen
"C:\myapp" and create a desktop icon.

I am getting the files in the correct folder however my desktop icon just
shows a directory of the desktop folder.

Any help with the "missing step" would be appreciated! Also if anyone
knows
of a well written document on how to do that would appreciate that also.

Thanks very much!

Fred

Nov 21 '05 #2

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Hi Cor:

Thanks for your info - it helped me create a shortcut however it is to a
folder and not to the program until you reach the folder. I am not able to
edit the "target" in the properties window.

It created a desktop icon that when clicked takes me to the installation
folder where there is another icon with the same name. Clicking that does
run the program.

What I need to do is to get an icon on the desktop that runs the program
directly.

Also: Is there a way to bypass the windows installation for upgrades.
Presently I'm forced to go to control panel and remove the program before I
can install it again. This program will be updated monthly and the last
thing I want to do is have my users go to control panel and delete anything.

Thanks again for your help!

Fred

"Cor Ligthert" <no************@planet.nl> wrote in message
news:uz**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Fred,

In the deploymentproject rightclicking on Primary Output in the application folder let you create a shortcut that you can drag to your folder left
"user's Desktop" and/or "Users Programs Menu"

(You would probably give it a nice name, however this is just rightclicking on that shortcut and do that n the properties)

I hope this helps?

Cor
"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>
Hi:

I've written a really cool VB.NET application that I want to install on
the
many computers in my company (all located behind a firewall) so I'm trying to create a Setup and Deployment project. I'm not having much luck and
the
documentation doesn't help either.

I have created a "software update" page on our web server and it sends
file
"setup1.msi" which runs the windows installer just fine.

All I need to do is to copy two files to a folder that I have chosen
"C:\myapp" and create a desktop icon.

I am getting the files in the correct folder however my desktop icon just shows a directory of the desktop folder.

Any help with the "missing step" would be appreciated! Also if anyone
knows
of a well written document on how to do that would appreciate that also.
Thanks very much!

Fred


Nov 21 '05 #3

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Fred,

For that I have no solutions, however some links provided this month in this
newsgroup about that

By Herfried
In future:

Introducing Client Application Deployment with "ClickOnce"
<URL:http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/?pull=/library/en-us/dnwinform...>Currently:

URL:http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en...tchno-tou...--

By Anand

Take a look at Application Updater block at
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...ary/en-us/dnbd....
I hope this helps anyway something?

Cor

"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>
Hi Cor:

Thanks for your info - it helped me create a shortcut however it is to a
folder and not to the program until you reach the folder. I am not able
to
edit the "target" in the properties window.

It created a desktop icon that when clicked takes me to the installation
folder where there is another icon with the same name. Clicking that does
run the program.

What I need to do is to get an icon on the desktop that runs the program
directly.

Also: Is there a way to bypass the windows installation for upgrades.
Presently I'm forced to go to control panel and remove the program before
I
can install it again. This program will be updated monthly and the last
thing I want to do is have my users go to control panel and delete
anything.

Thanks again for your help!

Fred

"Cor Ligthert" <no************@planet.nl> wrote in message
news:uz**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Fred,

In the deploymentproject rightclicking on Primary Output in the

application
folder let you create a shortcut that you can drag to your folder left
"user's Desktop" and/or "Users Programs Menu"

(You would probably give it a nice name, however this is just

rightclicking
on that shortcut and do that n the properties)

I hope this helps?

Cor
"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>
> Hi:
>
> I've written a really cool VB.NET application that I want to install on
> the
> many computers in my company (all located behind a firewall) so I'm trying > to create a Setup and Deployment project. I'm not having much luck and
> the
> documentation doesn't help either.
>
> I have created a "software update" page on our web server and it sends
> file
> "setup1.msi" which runs the windows installer just fine.
>
> All I need to do is to copy two files to a folder that I have chosen
> "C:\myapp" and create a desktop icon.
>
> I am getting the files in the correct folder however my desktop icon just > shows a directory of the desktop folder.
>
> Any help with the "missing step" would be appreciated! Also if anyone
> knows
> of a well written document on how to do that would appreciate that also. >
> Thanks very much!
>
> Fred
>
>
>



Nov 21 '05 #4

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if it is an .msi file then you can just right click it and choose remove or
uninstall (i can't remember which).

--

Bob

--------------------------------------
I'll have a B please Bob.

"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com> wrote in message
news:eo*************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Hi Cor:

Thanks for your info - it helped me create a shortcut however it is to a
folder and not to the program until you reach the folder. I am not able
to
edit the "target" in the properties window.

It created a desktop icon that when clicked takes me to the installation
folder where there is another icon with the same name. Clicking that does
run the program.

What I need to do is to get an icon on the desktop that runs the program
directly.

Also: Is there a way to bypass the windows installation for upgrades.
Presently I'm forced to go to control panel and remove the program before
I
can install it again. This program will be updated monthly and the last
thing I want to do is have my users go to control panel and delete
anything.

Thanks again for your help!

Fred

"Cor Ligthert" <no************@planet.nl> wrote in message
news:uz**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Fred,

In the deploymentproject rightclicking on Primary Output in the

application
folder let you create a shortcut that you can drag to your folder left
"user's Desktop" and/or "Users Programs Menu"

(You would probably give it a nice name, however this is just

rightclicking
on that shortcut and do that n the properties)

I hope this helps?

Cor
"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>
> Hi:
>
> I've written a really cool VB.NET application that I want to install on
> the
> many computers in my company (all located behind a firewall) so I'm trying > to create a Setup and Deployment project. I'm not having much luck and
> the
> documentation doesn't help either.
>
> I have created a "software update" page on our web server and it sends
> file
> "setup1.msi" which runs the windows installer just fine.
>
> All I need to do is to copy two files to a folder that I have chosen
> "C:\myapp" and create a desktop icon.
>
> I am getting the files in the correct folder however my desktop icon just > shows a directory of the desktop folder.
>
> Any help with the "missing step" would be appreciated! Also if anyone
> knows
> of a well written document on how to do that would appreciate that also. >
> Thanks very much!
>
> Fred
>
>
>



Nov 21 '05 #5

P: n/a
Hi Cor:

I figured out what I was doing wrong - in your original e-mail you said to
create the short cut and drag it to the desktop - I skipped this step!

Anyhow - now its working fine!

Thanks for your help!

Fred

"Cor Ligthert" <no************@planet.nl> wrote in message
news:%2****************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
Fred,

For that I have no solutions, however some links provided this month in this newsgroup about that

By Herfried
In future:

Introducing Client Application Deployment with "ClickOnce"
<URL:http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframewo...n-us/dnwinform..
..>Currently:
URL:http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en...ml/vbtchno-tou...
--
By Anand

Take a look at Application Updater block at
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...ary/en-us/dnbd....
I hope this helps anyway something?

Cor

"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>
Hi Cor:

Thanks for your info - it helped me create a shortcut however it is to a
folder and not to the program until you reach the folder. I am not able
to
edit the "target" in the properties window.

It created a desktop icon that when clicked takes me to the installation
folder where there is another icon with the same name. Clicking that does run the program.

What I need to do is to get an icon on the desktop that runs the program
directly.

Also: Is there a way to bypass the windows installation for upgrades.
Presently I'm forced to go to control panel and remove the program before I
can install it again. This program will be updated monthly and the last
thing I want to do is have my users go to control panel and delete
anything.

Thanks again for your help!

Fred

"Cor Ligthert" <no************@planet.nl> wrote in message
news:uz**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Fred,

In the deploymentproject rightclicking on Primary Output in the

application
folder let you create a shortcut that you can drag to your folder left
"user's Desktop" and/or "Users Programs Menu"

(You would probably give it a nice name, however this is just

rightclicking
on that shortcut and do that n the properties)

I hope this helps?

Cor
"Fred Nelson" <fr**@smartybird.com>

> Hi:
>
> I've written a really cool VB.NET application that I want to install on > the
> many computers in my company (all located behind a firewall) so I'm

trying
> to create a Setup and Deployment project. I'm not having much luck and > the
> documentation doesn't help either.
>
> I have created a "software update" page on our web server and it sends > file
> "setup1.msi" which runs the windows installer just fine.
>
> All I need to do is to copy two files to a folder that I have chosen
> "C:\myapp" and create a desktop icon.
>
> I am getting the files in the correct folder however my desktop icon

just
> shows a directory of the desktop folder.
>
> Any help with the "missing step" would be appreciated! Also if anyone > knows
> of a well written document on how to do that would appreciate that

also.
>
> Thanks very much!
>
> Fred
>
>
>



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